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Literacy in Ancient Everyday Life

Ed. by Kolb, Anne

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Der Raum alltäglicher weiblicher Literalität im Achaimeniden-Reich

Madreiter, Irene


The article examines the place of female literacy within general everyday literacy in the Achaemenid period. Whereas the Achaemenid heartland lacks of sources written by women, we have abundant private correspondence from the other satrapies of the empire (Babylonia, Egypt, Bactria etc.). Therefore the lacuna from the Persis-region is not coincidental but resulting from the specific social structure of the empire with its dominant hegemonic manliness. This prevented a wider spread of literacy and the Achaemenid heartland remained an orally dominated culture with a functional literacy limited to the elite and higher levels of society

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Irene Madreiter (2018). Der Raum alltäglicher weiblicher Literalität im Achaimeniden-Reich. In Anne Kolb (Editor), Literacy in Ancient Everyday Life (pp. 113–142). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110594065-007

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110594065

Online ISBN: 9783110594065

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